Register | ENGLISH
Home About Us News Encyclopedia Expert Policy Audio FAQ Contact Us
Business BBS Events Industry Talents Training Tourism Download Advertise
Search:
Latest click on Top
航空节概述
日程安排
Protesters...
IMF to Rev...
Looking Be...
Psy's Gang...
A Silent K...
Latest Release
Psy's Gangnam Style
Pope Benedict Says G...
A Silent Killer – Ca...
How Do You Like Your...
Democracy Making Str...
IMF to Revise US Gro...
Looking Better Helps...
Protesters Block Dis...
Music from the West ...
Jerome Kern, 1885-19...
Details The location of the:Home Page >> Encyclopedia >> Parachute >> Details
Another World, Underground: Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico
Date:2013-2-28    Publisher:本站原创

Another World, Underground: Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico


 

By Nancy Steinbach
16 September, 2012

BOB DOUGHTY: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I'm Bob Doughty along with Barbara Klein. This week on our program, we explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the American Southwest, near the city of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains more than one hundred caves below the surface of the desert. Most are closed to the public. But anyone can visit the main attraction, one of the largest caves in the world.

(MUSIC)

BOB DOUGHTY: Huge. Incredible. Inspiring. Words like these come to mind as visitors enter a world of silence, darkness and cold, almost two hundred thirty meters under the ground.

An elevator lowers you into the world of Carlsbad Cavern, the big cave at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.Silent, except for the voices of guides and visitors. And not completely dark. The National Park Service has enough lighting to see many of the beautiful formations all around. The temperature is about thirteen degrees Celsius.

Cave formations in the Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns National Park near Carlsbad, New Mexico
A cavern is a large cave. But Carlsbad Cavern is really a long series of chambers. One of these is called the Big Room. The Big Room is more than three hectares big. The ceiling is seventy-seven meters high. The Big Room is the single largest underground chamber ever found in North America.

BARBARA KLEIN: The Big Room and other parts of the cavern contain huge, sharp formations of minerals. People are free to explore the lit formations in the Big Room. But park rangers must guide visitors to other areas of the cave.

Stalactites hang from the ceiling. Stalagmites rise from the floor. Some even meet to create a column. Other formations look like needles, popcorn, pearls and flowers.

  Hits:2967
 
Previous:Mob Museum Hits Vegas, but It's No Sure Bet
Next: No Next
Home Page  About Us   Advertisement   Media   Declaration   Contact Us
Copyrights:Aviation Development & Construction Office of An Yang City 2011 All Right Reserved
豫IPC备:12002891-1 Technical Support:Shangqi